Join us as we discover recipes to make the ultimate Valentine’s treat – DIY Valentine Gummy Hearts. They are a bite-sized and healthy Valentine treat for your dog.
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…”
Valentine’s Day gives us just one more reason to love on our pups. Not that most of us aren’t spoiling them daily already! We’ve got two easy and quick gifts you can make for your dog for Valentine’s Day. And (hint, hint) they’d make sweet little gifts for your dog-loving friends, too.
Remember those boxes of conversation candy hearts with the messages, like ‘Real Love’ ‘Be Mine’ and ‘Miss You?’ I found the perfect silicon mold for making these candy hearts for my family. Then I wondered…could l make Valentine hearts for Chloe?
Turns out making little gummy hearts for your dog is simple and easy as can be. Not only are they cute as a button, but making them with gelatin provides your dog with lots of good stuff.
You may not have thought much about gelatin (and maybe you don’t want to think too hard about it) but it’s actually super nutritious. It’s derived from animal parts like skin, bones and tissues. It’s almost all protein and is especially high in glycine. Glycine (an amino acid) is useful in restoring your dog’s digestive lining, helps with joint health and provides protection from seizures and brain damage.
So no worries about your dog consuming gelatin. Treat-sized nibbles are a perfectly healthy snack. Remember to talk to your veterinarian if you want to use gelatin as a daily supplement.
Keep in mind, this recipe calls for plain, unsweetened gelatin. Pre-sweetened dessert gelatin mixes include things we do not want our puppers to consume. Knox Gelatin is fine, or if you want to use pure beef gelatin, go for it.
DIY Valentine Gummy Hearts for Dogs
I know you all have had Knox Blocks or Jello Jigglers as a treat when you were little kids. Making these for your dog is practically the same thing! We’re just leaving out the refined sugar to make them dog safe. For Valentine’s themed gummies, we’ll need to add a fruit/veggie puree to get that sweet pink color.
- 1 Tbsp. unflavored, unsweetened gelatin powder
- ½ c. water
- 2 tsp. strawberry or beet puree (we used a strawberry/banana/beet baby food puree)
- Silicon mold of your choice (this recipe filled our tiny hearts mold)
Heat ¼ c. of water to almost boiling. Fill a bowl with the remaining water and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to sit and ‘gel’ for 1 minute. Add the boiled water and whisk until the gelatin has completely dissolved. Whisk in the veggie/fruit puree until combined. Carefully pour or spoon the gelatin into the mold. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Remove from mold and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
You can create other colors for your hearts by using different purees. Try peach for a pale orange, mint or parley for green or a turmeric paste for yellow.
Some dogs are not on board with the texture of gelatin. BUT, if you add some dog-safe bone broth or even make a chicken puree to add, your dog should overcome her dislike pretty quick!
What did your dog think about these little bits of love? Share your gelatin treat experience below in the comments.